nterestingly, Palawan is made up of more than 1,000 islands which form more than 10% of the Philippine’s 7,107 islands. Coron which is part of the Calamian island group and Puerto Princesa, Sabang and El Nido which are part of the Palawan main island are among the favorite spots of local and foreign tourists alike. The island of Palawan is mostly formed by mountains still covered with abundant forests which provide home to animal species native to the island.
Incredibly beautiful natural seascapes and landscapes.
Due to the natural attractions, beaches and people, Palawan is quickly gaining attention and since then has been one of the favorite tourist destinations. Back in 2007, Palawan was recognized by National Geographic Traveler’s magazine as one of the world’s best tourist destinations. In 2012 Palawan was once again recognized as number four in the Top 10 Holiday Destinations based on the worldwide poll by online travel magazine, Smart Travel Asia. In 2013, Travel and Leisure magazine has awarded Palawan as World’s Best Island. And just recently in 2014, reviews website, Trip Advisor has awarded Palawan as one of the Top 10 islands in Asia.
Cleanest and greenest city in the Philippines
The City of Puerto Princesa is one of the biggest city in the Philippines. Its vast land area didn’t stop it from being recognized a number of times as the cleanest and greenest city in the Philippines. As many tourists fly in and out of the city, hotels ranging from basic inn to 5-star accommodations has flourished ever since. The main attraction of Puerto Princesa is the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park or just commonly called Palawan Underground River which is actually located around more than 40km north of the city, in Sabang. The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park was awarded as one of the New7Wonders of Nature. Other place worth going to is the Honda Bay Island, which is just a two hour drive from the city. Dos Palmas Island Resort is the most popular resort in Puerto Princesa. Puerto Princesa City Tour can be packaged to get you around town and get sights on: The Crocodile Farm, Mitra’s Ranch, Baker’s Hill, Butterfly Sanctuary just to name a few.
Sabang is north of Puerto Princesa city and home to the Palawan Underground River. Sabang has a few accommodations in store, the more popular are Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort and Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa. A new attraction X-Zipline Sabang is touted to be one of the longest over-water zipline in the Philippines at 800meters.
It was the most beautiful place I had ever been to.
El Nido has been a favorite tourist destination for its strikingly beautiful island beaches. It is a paradise that many people will agree and vouch for. While El Nido is a 6 hour drive north of Puerto Princesa, many won’t mind the distance. El Nido has a variety of island hopping tours to choose from. Accommodations in El Nido town are much lower in price compared to the ones in small islands. Restaurants in El Nido are thriving. There’s a handful of choices around town while the nightlife is a bit tame compared to Boracay. El Nido is really more like place for relaxation like what a good holiday vacation is supposed to be. Some popular holywood people are even raving about how beautiful El Nido is.
Coron is famous for wreck and reef diving due to the Japanese World War 2 ships sunk by the Americans. Aside from the diving, island hopping is also popular in Coron. Not to be missed out on is the Calauit Safari tour and the Coron Town tour.